MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL – COVID-19 UPDATE
Posted in Connect on April 17, 2020.
Press Release: Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, April 24th 2020
Mayo County Council wishes to confirm that vehicle access to the public car park at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar is closed with effect from 8am this morning (Friday).
Following consultation with An Garda Síochána, the decision has been taken to ensure adherence to social distancing.
Mayo County Council strongly encourages everyone to conscientiously follow the guidance issued by our health professionals in relation to COVID- 19. This includes staying at home unless undertaking an essential journey or exercising with a 2km limit of your home.
Mayo Community Covid-19 Forum – Update on support work to date
Mayo Community Helpline 094 9064660
The Mayo Community Covid-19 Forum set up several subgroups to divide the ongoing community outreach work in response to the pandemic. At this week’s meetings there was feedback from the groups that great positive engagement is being felt from the community in Mayo and that the balanced, steady approach across the agencies, the community and the voluntary groups are serving the county well.
The message for the weekend from the Community Covid-19 Forum is that efforts across the county are having a positive effect and are saving lives. The forum members thank the public for their effort, ongoing social distancing, and their selfless efforts to remain within the 2km limits to keep their families and friends safe. They also want to remind people that the weekend is a good time to have a chat or check-in on vulnerable people and relatives, and if needed, give the helpline a call.
As the weekend approaches Garda Superintendent Kevin Gately confirmed at the Community Safety subgroup that the Gardaí will continue to engage with the public over the weekend. This will include visiting vulnerable people and supporting those living alone who may need some help at this time. He also advises for everyone to be wary of potential scams, and if in doubt, do not give personal or bank or bank to anyone. Instead to call the Community Helpline 094 9064660 to make them aware of any unwanted approaches you or your neighbours might have received.
Liam Hanrahan, Mayo County Council advised at the subgroup that the work undertaken by An Post, Alone and the various community groups across the county have created a foundation of work that underpins the Community Helpline operation. Allowing the helpline staff to engage with people directly, advising them on issues and linking them to local groups in their locality to help them with day-to-day services.
The Community Helpline is 094 9064660 continues to operate 7 days a week 8am to 8pm.
Information regularly updated on www.mayo.ie or on @Mayodotie or @MayoCoCo
Mayo County Council Confirm arrangements for Home Loan Mortgage Payment Break
Mayo County Council has today confirmed arrangements are now in place for home loan borrowers who may be experiencing a reduction in their income arising from the COVID- 19 emergency and may not be able to make repayments on their loans. A Mortgage Payment Break of up to three months is now available to those who need it.
These arrangements have been put in place following a directive by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, T.D., advising that arrangements are to be put in place to support local authority borrowers who are experiencing financial distress arising out of the COVID- 19 emergency.
A mortgage payment break means that the borrower will make no mortgage payments for up to three months. Additional interest will NOT accrue to the borrowers account during the period of the payment break ensuring that no increased cost will arise. The monthly repayment following the break will be increased to facilitate the repayment of the loan over the remainder of the existing term of the loan. This facility applies to all local authority home loan products.
Director of Finance at Mayo County Council, Peter Duggan, today confirmed that arrangements are in place at Mayo County Council to deal with any applications. He outlined “I invite anyone who may be experiencing difficulties to contact the Finance Department here at Mayo County Council by telephone or email. Application forms are available on www.mayococo.ie”. Completed application forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy welcomed the Circular from the Department “We are experiencing extraordinary times and any measures that can be put in place to assist financial commitments for individuals at this time are most welcome. I would encourage any borrowers with Mayo County Council who may find themselves in difficulty at this time to make contact “.
The application form and FAQ can also be accessed at the links below:
Home Loan Mortgage Payment Break – Application Form
Mayo County Council announces closure of all public car parks at beaches in the county
Mayo County Council have today taken the decision to close access to public car parks at all beaches across the county, also at Croagh Patrick and Westport Skate Park for the foreseeable future.
The decision was made following consultation with An Garda Siochana
A Spokesperson for Mayo County Council has confirmed that “Current Government guidelines in place are clear that all citizens should not be travelling further than 2km from their home except for essential purposes. With the good weather and Easter weekend approaching we have taken the decision to implement these closures to beach car parks to make it clear that people outside the immediate 2km area should not visit public beaches at this time.”
Mayo County Council strongly encourages everyone to conscientiously follow the guidance issued by our health professionals in relation to COVID-19. This includes staying at home unless undertaking an essential journey or exercising within a 2km limit of your home.
New Business Continuity Voucher goes live through Local Enterprise Office Mayo
Minister Humphreys introduces new measure as part of COVID-19 Business Supports Package
The new Business Continuity Voucher is now available through Local Enterprise Office Mayo and is open to sole traders and companies across every business sector locally that employ up to 50 people, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D. has announced.
The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by companies and sole traders in Mayo to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to help business owners make informed decisions about what immediate measures and actions should be taken to protect staff and sales.
Making the announcement, Minister Humphreys T.D. said: “I know that this is a very worrying time for businesses. As part of the package of supports that I announced earlier this month, I am making a €2,500 voucher available through the Local Enterprise Offices from today to enable enterprises to avail of vital business continuity advice. This will assist them to develop strategies to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak in both the short-term and long-term. “
She added: “The voucher will give companies access to contingency planning advice that will help them to continue trading through this crisis and to be ready for the recovery phase, when it comes. It will also help firms to prepare a business case so that they can apply for emergency financial interventions through the banks, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland or Microfinance Ireland”.
The scheme is open to all types of businesses, across all industries and sectors that employ up to 50 people. To apply, companies or sole traders fill out a short application form and submit it directly to Local Enterprise Office Mayo by e-mail. When a company is issued with a voucher for third party consultancy, they begin working directly with a qualified expert, selected from existing Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland panels.
Elaine Moyles A/Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Mayo in Mayo County Council welcomed the launch of the new support, saying: “For a huge number of small businesses, survival is the over-riding objective at this time so making the right decisions is crucial. There is where the new Business Continuity Voucher can help.”
She added: “The kind of areas that the voucher will help will vary, depending on the needs of each local business, but it will include very important measures such as preparing a business case for application to emergency funding, developing a business continuity plan, reducing variable costs or implementing remote working procedures.”
To apply for the Business Continuity Voucher, companies can submit a short application form to Local Enterprise Office Mayo by e-mail to email@example.com Application forms are available to download from www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Response
Details of other business supports available from the Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation can be found at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/